Brawn expecting many engine failures in 2014

Jacques Laffite suffers a turbo engine failure during the 1986 British GP

Jacques Laffite suffers a turbo engine failure during the 1986 British GP

Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn is expecting the 2014 Formula 1 season to be rife with engine failures.

After years of engine regulation stability, the sport is undergoing an enormous technical shakeup at present ahead of next year’s radical switch to turbo V6 power.

“We will go back to a time such as 20 years ago,” Brawn is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport.

“The technology is so complex that I expect a lot of failures. So there will be a new element of surprise,” he predicted.

Brawn said the challenge will be intensified yet further by the tightening of Formula 1’s long-life engine rules, with each driver to be allocated just 5 units next year, rather than 8 at present.

“And the failures will be not just the engines, but the individual components,” he said.

For instance, if turbochargers or batteries fail next year, replacing the component will attract the same penalty of a ten-place grid demotion, once the drivers’ engine allocation has run out. (GMM)

  • Lets hope they are all Mercedes engine failures

    Hopefully they will all be Mercedes engine failures, now that would be justice.

  • KevinW

    From blown crap tires 2013 to blown motors, KERS and turbos of 2014. What will the FIA and F1 management do next in its race to destroy what was once the penultimate motor sport? Stay tuned race fans, as the next episode of the F1 road to destruction brings more drama and less racing than ever before!

  • Quit being such a drama queen

    Quit being such a drama queen KevinW.

    There is nothing wrong with V6 turbo engines. Hell it has gotten pretty boring with the V8 engines if you ask most people.

  • M

    Bored of V8? People who go to the races praise the V8s. In fact, most people can;t stand the thought of V6s already.

    They sound like something coming out of the backend of a horse. And yes, on track it will sound the same. See V8s audio in similar dyno.studio conditions, its very similar to how it sounds on track.

  • Richard Piers

    Good.
    It is long overdue that F1 became a developer of new technology.
    The powertrains and suspensions should be the items for improvement not the aerodynamics that have become overwhelming and totally irrelevant to anything else.
    Whatever costs may be incurred will be far less than the ridiculous sums continually spent on wind tunnels, “experts” and strange looking bits and pieces that sometimes work and sometimes don’t, get damaged or cause accidents.